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Fortress Security is a DIY security package company where you can select between different types of equipment for your home automation, smart home, and home security project. One of the biggest drawbacks of Fortress Security is that managed monitoring plans are not included. If there is a breakin, customers have to alert the local authorities themselves, which can be a difficult prospect in many circumstances.
Link Interactive is one of the best brands rated with impeccable customer service reviews, competitive prices, and a customizable implementation. They get good marks from customers when it comes to their overall experience and monitoring capabilities. There was some limitations for those that live in rural areas without good cellular service and a few one-off complaints, but overwhelmingly they do a good job providing home security and home automation to customers.
Fortress Security: 7.2/10
Link Interactive: 9.5/10
Fortress Security: 7.3/10
Link Interactive: 9.5/10
Fortress Security: 6.8/10
Link Interactive: 9.4/10
Fortress Security: 7.4/10
Link Interactive: 9.5/10
I like their equipment I have 2 systems SO2 and GSM-CView More Reviews
Very easy to install, understand and operate. System works like a charm. Other comments regarding SIM card aren't accurate reviews. The SIM card is virtually not needed to arm or disarm, especially when wireless remotes are sent with the Total Security System. The SIM card is only really needed when the alarm is triggered and the panel makes a call. All text (SMS) alerts can be shut off, so that it won't waste minutes. Well done FSS.
Great place to buy a security system. Looked and looked at different systems over the internet and finally found a affordable and reliable system. Customer service was so kind helping me set my system up and answer all my questions. Defiantly purchase here.
Fortress Security is absolutely amazing, I am extremely happy with my Total Security Wi-Fi System! I got a free SIM card installed and it is way cheaper then I could have gotten from any cellular provider. I had a programming question and called customer service and they went above and beyond! It is rare to be able to contact customer service representatives now days that speak English and are actually helpful. I highly recommend their products and honestly for the price you can't beat it! The one star reviews are clearly unwarranted!!
Could not be happier with my Wi-Fi system. Easy to set up and gives my family peace of mind and keeps the riff raff out. I thought the costumer service was great, its nice talking to a real person in the US. Maybe @realdonaldtrump will buy one for hus new house, its fantastic
The customer service is the best...Had a small problem, a call later, and 3 days, i had what I needed in my hand. The book sorta sucks, but I got thru it with the quick responses from online help. Jack has the patience of a saint..the system is working well. I will buy the camera soon.. Great kit! I got the ANI wifi setup,not a bit of problem linking up, and i get an immediate text when the alarm is triggered.
SIM card issue. Love the system! Only downfall for the system is you only get 200 minutes for the entire 3 month period. If you use all those minutes within that 90 days you will get charged automatically, so make sure you cancel the automatic renewal service for the SIM card services otherwise you will get charged. They should have unlimited text and call for 25 a month plus monitoring like Simplisafe. I heard monitoring is becoming available shorty though.
TThis is one of the better DIY systems. The set up using their Quick Start Guide makes it easy to install. It allows you to get system installed and then if you want to get deeper into the programming you can take your time using the book that is supplied. The pet motion sensors are great and being able to set the system not using the motion sensor while your home is fantastic. FYI when testing the interior horn put on ear muffs because it is loud which is not a knock because it should be loud.
I placed an order on the morning of 11/12. I was delighted when I was informed that my package was picked up by the Post Office on 11/13 via Priority Mail. The problem is that there were never any updates to the status of my package moving through the USPS system. Replies from Fortress insist that the package left on 11/13. It is now 11/20 and still no package. A call starting a USPS investigation leans toward the package never leaving Fortress to date. Beware overpromise/underdeliver with Fortress. Here is my latest note to them: This is my daily request to check on the status of my order. It is now one week since the package was picked up via Priority Mail and still no product has been delivered to me. Thank you.
Good system. Range better than we thought it would be. If don't have pet sensors... Put motion at least 4ft up and shouldn't have a problem.
Little patience to program if didn't order all equip at once. Ie..door bell
Really wanted to give this company a try after reading some good reviews. I purchased the system at the beginning of January, and to this day, it is still not functional. First, the system was shipped without a power supply...yeah really! After waiting about a week for that, I found that it would not connect to my wifi using their guide. After support basically mirrored the same instructions each time I contact them, I took it upon myself to remove all wifi security, and it finally connected. They can provide no explanation for this. The 3rd problem, which started around the same time, was that SMS messages could not be sent/received from the panel. Fortress blamed my cell carrier, sim card, everything else. The SIM tested fine in other devices, but I spent the money to get replacement SIM from my carrier. Again, worked in every device but this panel. Still blaming my carrier and SIM, I agreed to activate one of their SIMS (of course at an additional cost to me) and give that a try. They provided a promo code to waive the activation fee, which the site rejected. During checkout, the $7.99 monthly fee turned into a $15.69 - There's a lot to be said for ease of use of a company's products, support, and website. So far, Fortress has none of these. Really wanted this product to work. Too bad. Not sure what is next for me
I made an order on october 15th and never was delivered. I call several times and wrote mails, but they never answered. I want to cancel the order and they never answered. I recommend to everybody not buying anything to them!
SIM card, Read the Terms of Agreement The SIM card works fine on the ATT network. My reason for a one star rating is the billing. True I did not read the Terms and Agreement. (like everyone else) I believe what the team told me. The prepay rate is $7.00 per month for a 90 day term. Not bad right? Here is the kicker you only get 200 minutes for 90 days. Each Text notification counts as a minute. Once you used up your 200 minutes it automatically renews at $23.97. So if you arm and disarm once a day 2 * 90 =180 minutes that leaves you with 20 minutes to spare. With me and my son living active lifestyles we burnt through the 200 minutes in 19 days and I have the WIFI controller, go figure that out. I have a very reliable WIFI service so that is not it. I was told by Support that the WIFI controller auto selects the best network for transmission of the Text message. To my knowledge there is no SIM usage counter to watch your minute usage. They sent out an e mail notice of renewal at 4:01:55 then debit my credit card at 4:01:56. Beware.
I purchased a security system from this business 6 months ago and it has been broken longer than it has worked. When I first started having problems I asked to return the unit and they would not take it back. They sent me a few new pieces of equipment to try and it worked for a few months and then... stopped working again about a month ago. I contacted them again and they promised to send me 5 new sensors with "updated battery capability" and I only received one instead of 5. I contacted them again and they sent out 4 more. Only 3 of the 4 worked. I contacted them again and they claimed to be sending one more. I have also spent over 15.00 in batteries when they sensors are supposed to come with working batteries. The customer service agent that has been assigned to my case wrote a sarcastic remark to me when I expressed to him how unacceptable this has been. They wont take the horrible unit back which offers my home no security at this point nor have they offered any kind of discount for forcing me to keep it.
Worst customer service. Will be the last time I purchase with this company. I purchased a unit and spent a lot of money on accessories. One of the company representatives talked me into upgrading to a "better" system. I found out if I would have stuck to my original system I could have upgraded my panel and received a trade in discount, now I'm out an entire system! By far one of the most difficult frustrating processes I've dealt with. Please take it from me and find a more reputable dealer either better customer care. I should add... it's almost like the system I got persuaded into exchanging for doesn't even exist. No information from the website, no product replacement pieces. They literally had me exchange my product for JUNK!
Worst customer service ever. My system stopped working so I found the business card for Fortress, left voice mail and emails to no avail. I have yet to hear from Fortress after 2+ weeks. My 84 year old husband has Alheimers Disease so I HAVE to know if he leaves the house. Hard to do with a non-working system and lack of assistance from Fortress. I feel getting this system may have been a huge mistake. If there had been a minus score star I would have used it to show how mad I am. It is poor consolation to know I am not alone in the lack of customer assistance catagory!
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Overall, I like the security system and the support people at Link Interactive and Alarm.com. I would have rated Link at 5, but for the troublesome Skybell I bought. It rates at 3 out of 5 by consumers, and I would have to agree. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I expect reliability out of an alarm system, and the Skybell fails to deliver. Otherwise the door sensors, etc, were easy to install and setup. The outdoor camera requires being plugged into an outlet, so that required an electrician, but it seems to work as advertised. Overall a good system. If they ever get the Skybell working reliably, they will easily rate a 5 out of 5.View More Reviews
Love my 2Gig smart home security and fire alarm system with two way voice. I have had it for years with no issues. I use to sell Alarm system and this one was my favorite. Customer service from Link Interactive has been great also.
I just got off the phone with Andrea from Link Interactive and she is really stellar. I was initially going to move to ADT because they have a long history in security, however their customer service is very poor and they have a confusing deal with third parties so it's not clear who you are actually dealing with at any given time. Andrea from Link allowed me to take some time to think about getting the home security system without any pressure whatsoever (not the situation with other home security companies--I've called a few in my search for one). Andrea even asked if I wanted her to call me back in 15 mins so I could think about it more. I got back on the phone and she answered all my questions and was very personable. I was just impressed by her and therein, Link Interactive. Looking forward to working with them.
I purchased our link interactive system through Costco a little over a year ago after suffering for YEARS with a local South Florida security monitoring company, a rather unhealthy relationship because it was a family "friend". The company didn't want to deal with online access, at one point, when we wanted cameras and phone app access to the security system, the owner told us that was stuff he didn't feel like dealing with; customer service *so* bad, even at the end still demanding payment when the darn alarm panel sat dormant for *months* because none of their techs could keep scheduled repair appointments. I had to call BBB for them to stop billing us. We would've left a review for the company but we heard they harassed another customer so badly for leaving a very similarly telling review, we said forget it and hope for Karma. Grrr. Smh. Moving on.
At that point, we were up for DIY security. So far this has been good for our family.
5+* - customer service, incredible. Hard to beat. They baby step us every time I call. Every tech I've spoken to has the patience of steel, like nothing you say could be more stupid, even though might be.
4* - the equipment selection. It's mostly alarm.com products, which have been OK. Some home automation, I love the thermostat. You can't just order from the website, you have to call and speak to someone which is a little bit of a pain of you know exactly what you need. We've had a few equipment issues, the the customer service has been so good, they usually figure it all the first call. It's not always cutting edge, but it works for us
4.5* - for the app and the security control website, which is great for novice users like me. UI is pretty good. You can also get fancy with programming your system, too once you get the gist of how extensive you'd like to be alerted of things like if a certain door opens using a certain entry code (the kid is home), talk to someone at the door even if they don't ring the doorbell (I once told police officers how cute they were as they walked past my front door while they were responding to a false alarm), garage door control, automated door locks lock when you arm the system, and so much more!
Prices for monthly monitoring are very competitive with other companies. They do have contracts they say to keep pricing lower; I wasn't too happy about. But I relented and now we plan to be with this company for a long, long time, their service is evolving and is keeping up with technology, unlike others.
Trying to protect our family at home and the little bit we have
Sad to say.
After researching three other major alarm companies I came across Link Home on a COSTCO web page.
The Link Home system through COSTCO was a far better value both for the monthly service charge as well as the cost of various components. In addition the notification options such as an iPhone App, and on line through alarm.com was superior in various notification choices.
I installed they system in a few hours. 10 door window sensors, 4 motion sensors and 7 heat, smoke and freeze detectors. Installation was very easy and when I ran into a small problem I called tech support that immediately solved the issue. I do have one "tip" When setting up the motion sensors and looking for the ideal position I used "Museum Putty" to temporarily place the sensor on the wall. It holds great and you can move it around until you are ready to screw the sensor into the wall.
The system has been activated now for several days and all aspects work great. I did run a live test too; to make sure all was working. It performs just as advertised.
In addition their customer service is the best I have ever encountered.
I have been very impressed with the level of customer service and the attention to detail including follow-up I have received from Link Home Security from everyone I have had contact with; Sales, Alarm.com, Administration and Technical support. I must say it is by far the best level of service I have ever experienced with ANY Company or Service.
These guys were incredibly helpful to deal with on the phone. A Very knowledgeable salesperson, who did not rush me. I would definitely use them again.
I have been doing online research of security systems for months and finally tripped on an online review of Link Interactive via Costco.
This is the best of all worlds - DIY installation with professional monitoring. I love, love, love how much I can configure everything. I love that the Control Panel is also a Z Wave Controller, so I now have the beginning of a smart home - starting with my connected thermostat.
I have installed window or door sensors, two interior cameras, one exterior camera, two additional motion detectors. I will add a few more things on later, but I can't believe the features and functionality.
I purchased Link Interactive services through Costco. All of the equipment is actually 2GIG or Alarm.com. I access my entire system through Alarm.com. The price through Costco is amazing! I compared my experience to a co-worker who has the identical equipment through Vivent. She is sick with jealousy at the better prices - and the fact that I installed it all myself! I only needed to call Link once to activate, but did everything myself with the online support instructions.
I could not be any happier. Actually, I could be very slightly happier - I seriously wish that their camera equipment was offered in black. I have one camera in the middle of my AV equipment which is all black, so the white camera is really obvious. I actually spray painted my exterior camera so that it didn't stick out!
I'm so glad I found Link Interactive!
We purchased our new Link Home Security system online through Costco. We like it a lot more than our old ADT system. The touchpad is a good size - very easy for us to see and use. Plus it has the weather! Even though I tore my achilles tendon (playing basketball), I was still able to install the entire system in a few hours without any problems.
Based on my research, Link Home Security provides the best overall value when you consider up-front and monitoring costs. The initial cost for the system was very reasonable considering the quality of the system we purchased. Plus our home insurance costs are reduced with the system! I highly recommend this system to anyone in the home security market.
Emily was great in helping me decide on a solution. I had compared many providers and never once did she say anything bad about the other vendors. She kept her patience with me while doing this and made sure I was comfortable with Link. The experience with her and the "non pushy" approach ultimately had an impact on me choosing Link to protect our home.
Link Interactive is Awesome, I have been a customer for 3 years. Can't be the monthly fee and there friendly customer support.
I also purchased my system through Costco. If you are handy at all, this is the way to go. Same equipment as the big players, but at much better prices. The packages were customizable, so I was able to get all the options I wanted without anything I didn't need. The ability to connect my garage door control, is very handy. Before I used to forget to close the door sometimes, so it's nice to be able to check from my phone and close if needed.
Their support was very responsive and helpful during setup, which is important, because these wireless systems are a bit more complicated to setup than the old wired systems.
Overall, I highly recommend if you're handy and willing to spend a little time. I liked that I was able to set everything exactly the way I wanted, rather than rely on an installer that I had no idea how good they would be.
Converting from local telephone security system in Southeast North Carolina. No problems with them, except to upgrade to the new technology would have been crazy expensive.
Found Link Interactive through Costco. Prices are pretty good for sensors. Monthly fee for the interactive and geo services is great. Also video is only $5 more per month, not bad.
Needed some guidance setting up system. The tech support is top notch, best in class. Brice and Paul were excellent to work with. Thanks guys!
I would not hesitate using them. I never heard of them before, but they are a great company.
The equipment is great. The set up was simple. The features are awesome.
Being billed for the length of the contract instead of the month to month option my signed contract states, not so great. Receiving no notification that my credit card would be charged over $1,000.... not awesome. Waiting on a call back to resolve. Hope to be able to update this, as we really do like the security system.
9/24 updated to 4 stars. Link was quick to address the issue and refund. Always very professional. In all reality this should be a 5 star review, but as a matter of principal I'll leave it at 4. At any rate I would highly recommend Link.
When we walked out of our door one day to find three white men in rubber gloves and covered faces, we knew they had been staking out our house and we're waiting for us to leave to break into our house. Police caught them, held them at gunpoint, tazed them, found and returned stolen property and sent them to jail. Turned out they're neighborhood boys (one of whom is the son of a neighborhood officer) and they've broken into two homes already - even after released from jail! Needless to say, we beefed up our security the same day.
We looked at numerous systems and we finally decided on Link Home Security. We trust Costco to give us good recommendations - they were spot on. The system was easy to install and amazingly simple to use.
Their system app allows you to monitor your home with cameras, receive texts or emails when a sensor is triggered, has an incredible glass break sensor (I dropped my keys on the trash can and set it off!), and has smash and grab technology that immediately sends a signal to police if you don't turn off the alarm or they don't get a response. And police response is FAST.
Yesterday, we came home and forgot to turn the alarm off and came in the garage door. The alarm went off, we bolted for the panel (it took less than 30 seconds to get there) and immediately there was a man on the panel demanding that we identify ourselves and our passcodes twice, as well as ask if we were safe and if we needed assistance.
We took a chance and we couldn't be happier with this system. Their customer support is phenomenal and patient and you will frequently work with the same people so you're not bounced around to people you don't need to talk to.
In terms of costs, we got sensors, motion sensors, cameras, glass break, fire and cold, panic buttons, keyfobs, keypads - nearly everything they had - and it was about $800. You can get alerts on up to 10 sensors on your app, but if you want more it's less than $5 for another 10 sensors. We pay around $34/mo. Plus, it's all on cellular network so there's no wires to cut and it runs on battery backup. No installation fees bc you do it yourself.
If you're considering alarm systems, I highly recommend Link Home Security. It's one of the few that includes digital services, cameras, cellular, and listen in technology (to hear if you're in distress). We finally feel safe again. Thanks, Link Home Security!
We have been customer of ADT for more than 2 decades but recently decided to switch because ADT's monthly price is just soaring through the roof! Our past monthly due used to be around $30, and now it is more around $50 or more. So I decided to shop around for other security systems and was really fortunate to find Link Interactive as an alternative. First of all, in terms of service quality and customer orientation, Link Interactive absolutely beats ADT out of the water. The initial starting equipment for Link Interactive is about $150 or so with a monthly due of $30 for monitoring service. I decided to sign up really due to the great customer service and review of the company. My personal experience started with Jose Sandoval, who was extremely professional and answered all of my questions patiently and in detail. Jose also helped me secure new sign-up discounts. The self-installation is very easy to do, and the equipment is high quality. The system is also extremely modern with remote arm/disarm and all IOT-enabled. After receiving and setting up the system, I called several times their support call. The call is always immediately put through to customer service representatives, and they are all great at what they do. The only difference is that their customer service is not 24/7 vs. ADT. I highly recommend you to look beyond ADT as the only home security service provider and try Link Interactive. You will never go back!
Ordered my system through Costco. Jose with Link was outstanding. Before I purchased it I had several questions and concerns and Jose was there every step of the way. I was looking at 2 different systems, Link and one other classic (non-wireless system). They were neck to neck. One thing stood out. Jose was always there for me, when ever I emailed or called. The other company I guess was too busy.
So I liked what Link had to offered and ordered the product. Once received I read the easy instructions and started to install.
I had a few basic questions like what size drill bit to use on the recessed modules, manual states 11/16' but Link Recommended 3/4" so much easier. I had a question about an external bell/horn. I researched the one I wanted, made sure it would work, and David at Tech support said no problem. I added a couple of modules I purchased through my Home Theater Distributor. Once again David help me add them (actually he did it all). Another thing I love about Link, you can buy product to add elsewhere if you like.
I have had it installed now for two months, activated the monitoring. No issues. I checked in with the Central Office and they verified that my control panel is communicating with them.
The alarm.com web interface and cell phone app is great. I had one issue, my wife's alarm panel code didn't work after i set it. I called Link, and found out I didn't set her profile to have access to arm/disarm the panel, 1 click and I was done. Link was right there to help.
No issues with my cell phone app. Notifies you on everything.
You can set up notifications to push onto your cell phone, receive emails or text messages. Tells you what ever you want. Mine tells me when someone arms/disarms the system, leaves a window or door open more than 15 minutes (adjustable). Love this feature. Of course in test mode it goes off quite often so be aware. (alerts because you are playing with the system and testing).
I purchased extra magnets for my thin window mounts, so I can set my window open, install a magnet (two way tape) now I can leave my house with the window slightly opened and the house is still secure.
I would definitively recommend this system to anyone.
Will review again after I have monitoring on for a couple of months.